“Mama did you know that when you hug someone, you add five minutes to their life?” asked my 9 year old, Lollo. “I’m going to hold you forever,” he adds. I want to cry. Be still my heart. Tomorrow will the be first Mother’s Day since I had my tumor removed last June. What a special day it will be! A year ago, when I was diagnosed with a rare tumor, I had no idea if I would live or die. So when people ask what I want for Mother’s Day, I’ve already got it. It’s there everyday I wake up and watch the sunrise. All I want is time. Time with the four lads in my house — my husband who went on this crazy lifelong journey in sickness and in health and our three boys, who made me “Mama”.
Mama did you know that when you hug someone, you add five minutes to their life? I’m going to hold you forever.
Strangely at this time, I’m thinking of author Amy Krouse Rosenthal who passed away earlier this year because of cancer. She was a prolific writer of children’s books like “Little Pea” and “The Wonder Book“. Perhaps the book that speaks to me now more than ever is “That’s me loving you,”. The book contains lines like That shimmering star? That’s me winking at you or That drifting cloud? That’s me thinking of you. It’s a book that brings tears to my eyes every time. They are like love letters to her children. I send her family good wishes and peace as they struggle with their first Mother’s Day without her.
So for those lucky enough to have mum still around, give her that extra hug like my kids do every single night. To those who are unable to celebrate with their mothers and to those yearning to be mothers, I wish you peace. And to my mother, Angie and mother-in-law, Susan I offer SO MUCH gratitude. Thank you for loving me! Sending love to you both from across the pond.
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